There have been a few moments in the last few weeks that have really hit me. They are moments that will stay with me for a long time--etched in my brain. They have displayed the power of music and re-affirmed in me a love for what I do. I wanted to share a few of them with you. The first was at a fair in Montana.
We were singing with Trace and there was a girl in a wheelchair in the center section right in front of the stage. It was evident that she had some sort of disability, but that did not keep her and her friends/family from pushing her to the front of the crowd to get her as close to the stage as possible. They raised up her wheelchair and she sang along to every song she knew. Her friends would help her raise her arms and wave along to the music. It was such a beautiful moment. I actually had to look away because I started to tear up so much. It was a powerful image of how people connect to music and how it moves the soul. She beamed with light. I will never forget her face.
The second was at our last show in Hyannis, MA. It was at a venue unlike any other I'd ever performed at before. It was in the round and the stage spun slowly as we performed. If you need a visual, here is the website (http://www.melodytent.org/)
The cool thing about the stage rotating is that you could get a really good look at all of the faces in the crowd. A few songs into the show, Trace recognized an Army unit that had family at the show. The unit was serving overseas so Trace took time to acknowledge them...and the entire audience applauded. The next song in the set was "You're Gonna Miss This" and as the song started I saw two women holding a sign with their soldiers' unit numbers and tears were flowing down their cheeks. They sang along and cried and I wanted to walk right off the stage and hug both of them. Ugh. Plus, the lyrics to that song just seemed to articulate that moment perfectly. Right after that, I looked over and saw a man, probably in his late 60's, bent over and sobbing. You guys, if there is something that breaks my heart into a billion pieces, it's older men crying. I can't handle it. I wondered if he'd lost a child in that unit serving overseas. My heart just broke. I kept my eye on these precious people throughout the night and watched them cry and then smile and laugh as the show went on. Trace is such a wonderful entertainer--it was amazing to watch him take these people on a journey. Forgetting about their circumstances...lost in music. Ugh. It did my heart so good. I loved every second.
I have always believed that music brings people together. It speaks a universal language. It can transcend mood, obstacles and distractions. It can change you. These moments the past few weeks have shown me that over and over again.
Music just gets me.